Kofi Annan

30 October 2003, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

Message du Secretaire General a la vingtieme reunion ministerielle du comite consultatif permanent des Nations Unies sur les questions de securite en Afrique Centrale

C'est avec plaisir que je vous adresse à tous mes chaleureuses salutations. Je remercie sincèrement le gouvernement et le peuple équato-guinéen d'accueillir cette réunion dans leur capitale.

Depuis votre réunion ministérielle à Brazzaville, en mai dernier, il y a eu des développements encourageants dans plusieurs pays de la région.

Au Rwanda, les élections présidentielles et municipales récentes se sont déroulées dans un environnement pacifique.

En Angola, la population s'attache à consolider le processus de réconciliation nationale et œuvre au développement du pays.

28 October 2003, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at the memorial ceremony for Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan

Today, we celebrate the life of a statesman in the truest sense of the word. Cosmopolitan and compassionate, caring and charismatic, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan was one of the world's natural international civil servants.

28 October 2003, New York

Secretary-General's address to the Fifth Committee on the 2004-2005 Budget

Thanks you very much, Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Determining the budget of the United Nations is among our most important tasks. The budget embodies both our great hopes for the Organization, and our carefully considered decisions of what to do in a world of finite and limited resources. Each number, each item, each activity, each post, must deliver value to the world's people and to you, the Member States.

27 October 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Middle East

The Secretary-General continues to follow with great concern the ongoing cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians. He deplores all acts that fuel and intensify the conflict.

27 October 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the terrorist attacks in Iraq

The Secretary-General is deeply dismayed at the latest series of terrorist attacks which took place in Baghdad today, resulting in numerous deaths and casualties. He unequivocally condemns these attacks in the strongest possible terms.

The Secretary-General deplores the targeting of the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Baghdad. The ICRC is a universally respected humanitarian organization. Its neutrality and impartiality are the mainstays of its operations. Today's attack on it is a crime against humanity.

27 October 2003, New York

Secretary-General's remarks to the Inter-Parliamentary Union annual Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations

Mr. President,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to welcome all of you to the United Nations.

The United Nations is not, and was never intended to be a world government. But it has sometimes been referred to as “the parliament of man”. It was founded in the name of the peoples of the world, and it exists to serve them.

Therefore, the voice of the people must be heard at the United Nations. And few render that voice more authentically than elected parliamentarians.

27 October 2003, Bangui, Central African Republic

Message du Secretaire General a l&#39occasion de la cloture du dialogue national en Republique centrafricaine (lu par le General Lamine Cisse, Representant du Secretaire general en Republique centrafricaine)

C'est avec plaisir que je vous adresse à tous mes salutations à l'occasion de la clôture du dialogue national, que j'ai suivi avec le plus grand intérêt.

Je tiens à vous féliciter pour l'esprit d'ouverture, de pardon et de compréhension qui a marqué vos débats. Vous avez examiné avec franchise la situation qui a prévalu pendant des décennies dans votre pays aux plans politique, socio-économique et sécuritaire. Vous avez compris la nécessité d'engager un dialogue permanent pour préserver durablement l'unité nationale et garantir le bien-être des générations présentes et futures.

24 October 2003, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at the United Nations Day Concert [as delivered]

My dear friends,

I am delighted to welcome all of you to the United Nations Headquarters.

Nietzsche said that without music, life would be a mistake. Indeed, music is truly a rare gift. It can capture a wide range of feelings, go to the essence of things and speak to the soul. And it has the power to bind us together and strengthen our sense of community through shared emotions.

I can think of no better way to celebrate United Nations Day than in music.

24 October 2003, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at the opening of the Ralph Bunch Centenary Exhibition [as delivered]

Good evening, and it's wonderful to see so many of you here today.

My dear friends, let me first welcome you to the United Nations, on this day, the United Nations Day.

I am glad to see so many friends here as we open an exhibition devoted to a great champion of peace and one of the finest servants of the United Nations –Ralph Bunche.

24 October 2003, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at the unveiling of the Memorial to the Fallen

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen and dear friends,

I'm sure we are all profoundly moved by the solemn beauty and dignity of this place of remembrance.

This Memorial to the Fallen was made possible by the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces; but equally, it could not have taken shape without the contributions of the friends and colleagues who put so much empathy, thought and work into the concept.